NUTLEY, NJ - Public Safety Commissioner Alphonse Petracco tabled Ordinance 3426 during the Tuesday, Aug. 6 Board of Commissioner public meeting, at the suggestion of Revenue and Finance Commissioner Thomas J. Evans. The original ordinance, No. 3400, was approved as a six-month pilot program on Nov. 20, 2018, limits parking hours on certain streets in Nutley. 

Parking on Highfield Lane from Washington Avenue to River Road, and the entire streets for Edison Avenue, Oakley Terrace and Conduit Place are limited to two hours from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. except Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, unless a parking permit placard is shown in the car. Note: Nutley does not allow for overnight parking.

Parking time limit signs are erected and maintained by the Nutley Department of Public Works. Although the new ordinance No. 3426 was tabled, Ordinance No. 3400, though on a trial basis, remains in effect.

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A formal study and research will be done before the township will introduce the permanent ordinance. “I haven’t had any public complaints of yet,” said Petracco.

Residents who want to voice their concerns about the parking on these streets should to contact Petracco at 973-284-4935 or email at commissionerpetracco@nutleynj.org.

A public hearing was held for Ordinance No. 3422 introduced by Scarpelli on July 2. The ordinance providing for reconstruction of the roadway on Grant Avenue appropriating $365,750 with grant monies received from the New Jersey Department of Transportation for the cost. The ordinance was unanimously approved.

Public hearings were held for ordinance No. 3423, 3424 and 3425, bond ordinances introduced by Evans on July 2.

Ordinance No. 3423 appropriates $384,125 for the reconstruction of various roadways and sidewalks in the township by the issuance of $365,750 in bonds or notes of the township for financing part of the cost.

Ordinance No. 3424 appropriates $257,250 for various water utility improvements or purposes authorized to be undertaken by the township by the issuance of $244,390 in bonds or notes of the township for financing part of the cost.

Ordinance No. 3425 iappropriates $1,905,750 for various improvements or purposes authorized to be undertaken by the township by the issuance of $1,810,650 in bonds or notes of the township for financing part of the cost.

Resident Rory Moore raised a question about Ordinance 3423, asking where the work would be done. Scarpelli said there is no schedule yet. The township needs to wait to see what streets PSE&G is working on before roadway improvements can be authorized, so the same roads are not paved twice.

Moore further questioned how funds could be provided for work unknown at this time. Scarpelli said the township budgets a certain amount of money each year to improve the roads. “We have been fairly lucky the last couple of years because of the [PSE&G] gas main replacement project, which has repaved something like 60 roads […],” he said.

Moore also questioned Ordinance No. 3425 and asked Evans what computer equipment the township was purchasing. Evans said router upgrades and storage capability. Moore also asked why the items are not itemized. Evans said for the bond ordinance items do not need to be itemized. Tucci added, “In this $100,000, this is what we are authorizing but we don’t actually go out for any more money than we actually need. […] But if we don’t spend it, it stays there, it doesn’t lapse, we will just carry it over into the next year and we will ask for that much less in the following year.”

The three ordinances were unanimously approved.

The next Board of Commissioners meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20.